I am very glad i came across your forum. Your professional experience speaks out and i wish i had visited ur website earlier in the past. Reading your answers to many of the problems posted by different people have cleared most of my doubts and queries.
I am from Pakistan and have undergone X-tenso and chi transformation over the past two years, respectively.
I have been having hairfall on and off before and after my first pregnancy but after chi i had the worst kind of hairfall.
I have very rough and frizzy hair with strong waves. My question to u is should i give break to my hair and go for a keratin treatment just to smoothen my hair for the time being or should i go for extenso during my last trimester of 2nd pregnancy? which one would be a safer and better option in ur opinion?
are these treatments safe during pregnancy?
First let’s talk about pregnancy. Typically, pregnant women's hormones fluctuate quite a bit during pregnancy and really don't normalize until after nursing is completed. Because hormones can cause some clients' hair to be very resistant to chemicals, the stylist must have a clear knowledge and pay special attention. End result, in the hands of a knowledgeable stylist, the results will be fine
Another thing that most pregnant women are not aware of; normally the hair sheds quite a bit after birth and sometimes after nursing. It's generally assumed that the hair does not shed as much during the pregnancy, therefore getting a little thicker. Post partum, the hair returns to its normal thickness, basically shedding off all the hair that didn't get shed in 9+ months. So if you straighten your hair, and then you start shedding a lot of hair, I wouldn't worry. I wouldn't think it was the chemical straightener at this point, but the natural shedding due to hormone balancing.
Regardless of what your stylist may say, Keratin Treatment contain formaldehyde, formalin or methylene glycol. I do not recommended doing Keratin Treatment during pregnancy. My advice is to go with X-Tenso.
If you decide to do X-Tenso, I recommend you wait 4 days instead of 2 or 3 days before wetting/shampooing your hair. Here is why. There are two different types of protein within the cortex of the hair. They are called either low sulphur proteins or high sulphur proteins. Low sulphur proteins are spring-like in shape and account for nearly 60% of the cortical protein. High sulphur proteins account for nearly 40% of the cortex. They can be thought of as “glue” which locks the “springs” in place. When hair is X-Tenso’d, the “glue” is softened and the springs move to a straightened form. The glue is then “hardened” to lock the springs into their new "straight" position. The “glue like” protein needs time to harden. Now during pregnancy, the ratio proportion of glue-like and coil-like may change. Therefore, it is best to wait 4 days before shampooing the hair. Thus, explaining why you should not wet or shampoo the hair for 4 days after the X-Tenso or CHI straightening service.
I cant think of anyone else answering my query so precisely. U have explained the chemistry very well.
Although my stylist told me that kerastraight is safe during pregnancy but i think its better to be safe than sorry.
I just wanted to be free from the hassle of managing my difficult hair post delivery.
So i would opt for waiting till the last trimester nd getting extenso done. I hope it would give me the desired result as it would be the third time i will be chemically treating my hair.
Wish i could fly to toronto and visit ur salon ;)
thanx a ton for such a detailed and quick response.